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2016 CESCA Award winners announced at the 7th CESCA Day

April 2016.  The seventh annual CESCA Day was held on Saturday, April 23 at the Brush Mountain Room of the Squires Student Center at Virginia Tech.  The welcoming remarks were given by CESCA Director Dr. Michael Hsiao and the ECE Department Head Dr. Luke Lester.  The keynote address was provided by Dr. Kevin Kornegay, Professor and IoT Security Endowed Chair, ECE Department, Morgan State University.

At the end of the CESCA Day, CESCA Awards were given to the following graduate students.

CESCA Outstanding Student Award (2 awards): Nahid Farhady Ghalaty (Advisor: Patrick Schaumont), Vireshwar Kumar (Advisor: Jerry Park)

CESCA Best Short Presentation Award (2 awards): Markus Kusano (Advisor: Chao Wang), Sarmad Tanwir (Advisor: Michael Hsiao)

CESCA Best Poster Award (2 awards): Ahmed Ibrahim (Advisor: Lynn Abbott), Bilgiday Yuce (Advisor: Patrick Schaumont)

Please go to the CESCA Awards page for more information about the award criteria and qualifications.

Winner from the FUN event - Match Making! was:

CESCA Best Picture Award: Markus Kusano

The event pictures, including the awardees with Dr. Michael Hsiao, are posted on the CESCA DAY - Spring 2016 and CESCA Day 2016 Poster Sessions pages.

Congratulations to Nahid, Vireshwar, Markus, Sarmad, Ahmed, and Bilgiday!

Markus Kusano Receives the 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship


Markus Kusano Markus Kusano

April 2016. Markus Kusano, a doctoral student in the ECE Department, has been chosen to receive the prestigious and highly competitive National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. The NSF review panel said that “the stellar academic and research record of the applicant provide a strong indication that he has strong potential for becoming a rising star in his field of research.”

Kusano received his undergraduate degree in computer engineering from Virginia Tech. He is currently working in software engineering/formal methods with his advisor, Dr. Chao Wang. “Markus is talented and hard-working. He published two first-author papers while he was still an undergraduate,” said Wang. “I am sure he will achieve remarkable things in the coming years!”

NSF started awarding the Graduate Fellowship in 1952, to recognize and support graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science and engineering. Each Fellowship recipient receives three years of funding during a five-year fellowship period. This year, NSF awarded the fellowship to 2,000 individuals chosen from among 17,000 applicants.

Kusano is one of the seven graduate students of Virginia Tech who received this fellowship this year. For more information, please go to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program page.

Dr. Yaling Yang’s 2 NSF research projects featured on ECE News


Dr. Yaling Yang Dr. Yaling Yang

February 2016. Dr. Yaling Yang, Associate Professor at ECE and a CESCA faculty member, was featured on the News section of the Bradley Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) website. The news describes Dr. Yang as the lead investigator for 2 research projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Virginia Tech engineer awarded $950,000 to improve communications on land and at sea

The overview of those 2 projects has been posted on the CESCA website, respectively.

Yang Granted an NSF project on Dynamic Spectrum Access

Yang to Start Collaborative Project for Improving Ocean Communication

Dr. Jerry Park's latest NSF grant project featured on VT News


Dr. Park Dr. Jerry Park

January 2016. Dr. Jerry Park, Professor at ECE and a CESCA faculty member, was featured on the Virginia Tech News about one of his research projects on efficient radio spectrum sharing. Please click the following link to open the article on the Virginia Tech News.

Engineering researchers pave the way for more efficient radio spectrum sharing (January 7, 2016)

This research project was also featured on the most recent CESCA Newsletter (published in November 2015), as well as the CESCA Project News.


Dr. Jerry Park elected to serve on Executive Committee of the National Spectrum Consortium


Dr. Park Dr. Jerry Park

December 2015. One of the CESCA faculty members, Professor Jerry Park, was elected to be an academia representative on the Executive Committee of the National Spectrum Consortium (NSC).  The NSC’s mission is to improve collaboration among industry, government, and academia to advance research and development of technologies for better use of the electromagnetic spectrum.  Dr. Park will work with the other members of the committee to develop policy to govern the development of research and business opportunities to achieve the NSC’s goal.

For more information, please go to the following article on the ECE News.

Park to serve on Executive Committee of the National Spectrum Consortium

Congratulations to graduating student in Fall 2015

December 2015. The following student has completed her degree and graduated in Fall 2015.

  • Aakruthi R. Gopisetty, M.Eng., Committee Members: Drs. Lynn Abbott, Tom Martin, Paul Plassmann, Next move: Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA)

Nahid Farhady Ghalaty won Best-in-Session Award at SRC TECHCON


Nahid Farhady Ghalaty Nahid Farhady Ghalaty

November 2015. CESCA Ph.D. Student Nahid Farhady Ghalaty received a Best-in-Session Award for her presentation at SRC TECHCON 2015 in Austin, TX. Her presentation, “FAME: Fault-Attack Awareness using Microprocessor Enhancements,” describes recent progress in the SRC-sponsored research project on Fault-attack Aware Microprocessor Design.

In the talk, Nahid discussed common fault injection mechanisms, and common fault analysis techniques. From these observations, she derived a set of guidelines and techniques for fault-attack resistant design. The main message of the talk was to describe fault-attack resistant design and differentiate it from fault tolerant design, a set of techniques based on redundancy.

Please go to the TECHCON 2015 page for a group picture of the Best in Session Winners, including Nahid. 

This research was supported through the National Science Foundation Grant 1441710, and through the Semiconductor Research Corporation.


Dr. Park Dr. Jerry Park

Dr. Jerry Park promoted to Professor

June 2015. CESCA faculty member Jung-Min "Jerry" Park has been promoted to the rank of Professor by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors on June 1, 2015.  

Congratulations to Dr. Park!



Congratulations to graduating students in Spring 2015

Updates in August 2015: 2 more students have completed their degree.  

May 2015. The following students have completed their degree and have graduated in Spring 2015.

6 CESCA Students will take summer internship

May 2015.  The following students will take an internship during Summer 2014.

  • Akash Agrawal, Intel Corporation (Hillsboro, OR), Advisor: Michael Hsiao (internship in summer and fall)
  • Mahmoud Awadallah, Bihrle Applied Research (Hampton, VA), Advisor: Lynn Abbott
  • Pooja Harekoppa, Intel Labs (Santa Clara, CA), Advisor: Lynn Abbott
  • Ahmed Ibrahim, Provost Office at Virginia Tech, Advisor: Lynn Abbott
  • Markus Kusano, NEC Labs (Princeton, NJ), Advisor: Chao Wang
  • Sarmad Tanwir, Intel (Santa Clara, CA), Advisor: Michael Hsiao

CESCA Awards were presented at the 6th CESCA Day

May 2015. The sixth annual CESCA Day was held on Saturday, May 2 at the Multipurpose Room of the Graduate Life Center (GLC) at Virginia Tech.  The welcoming remarks were given by Dr. Michael Hsiao and Dr. Luke Lester, the ECE Department Head.  The keynote address was provided by Professor Makoto Nagata from Graduate School of System Informatics at Kobe University in Japan. 

As one of the high points of CESCA Day, CESCA Awards were given to several graduate students. 

CESCA Outstanding Student Award (2 awards): Aydin Aysu (Advisor: Schaumont) and Hassan Eldib (Advisors: Wang)

CESCA Best Presentation Award: Abhijit Sarkar (Advisor: Abbott)

CESCA Best Poster Award (3 awards): Hassan Eldib (Advisor: Wang), Nahid Farhady Ghalaty (Advisor: Schaumont), and Ege Gulcan (Advisor: Schaumont)

CESCA Best Video Award: Sudeep Bhattarai & He Li (1st place), Lu Zhang (2nd place)

Please go to the CESCA Awards page for more information about the award criteria and qualifications.

Congratulations to Aydin, Hassan, Abhijit, Nahid, Ege, Sudeep, He, and Lu!


Sherin Aly 3rd place poster award Sherin Aly

Sherin Aly received third place at the Interdisciplinary Research Symposium

March 2015. One of the CESCA graduate students, Sherin Aly, was awarded third place for her poster presentation at the Interdisciplinary Research Symposium 2015 held at Virginia Tech.  The symposium was hosted by the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society at Virginia Tech.  The poster was titled "Facial Expression Recognition Using the Kinect" and was co-authored with Dr. Lynn Abbott.  

Congratulations Sherin!

More students completed their dissertations

February 2015. The following students recently completed their dissertation work.

Congratulations on Graduation!

December 2014. The following students will be graduating in Fall 2014.

Update - January 2015. Additional student has been added to the list of students who graduated in Fall 2014.

In additions, Abhay Rao Bhadriraju graduated in Summer 2014 with M.S. degree. His advisor was Dr. Yaling Yang, and his thesis was titled "Misuse Detection in Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks." He is currently working at Bloomberg L.P. in New York as a software developer.

Professor Michael Hsiao becomes CESCA Director


Professor Michael Hsiao Professor Michael Hsiao

August 2014. Professor Michael Hsiao became the most recent CESCA Director!  The following is his brief about being the new director.

I’m honored to have this opportunity to serve as CESCA Director over the next couple of years. I’m humbled to take the baton after the excellent work of the previous CESCA directors, Prof. Dong Ha, Prof. Sandeep Shukla, and most recently Prof. Patrick Schaumont. They have devoted much energy and time to shape CESCA into what it is today. I count myself fortunate to have their footsteps to follow.

The many fruits of CESCA have resulted from the dedication of its faculty members and students. CESCA has been an incubator of rising talent. For example, it has bred 7 NSF CAREER Awards, a noteworthy accomplishment that speaks to the very core of the dedication of its faculty. The faculty members’ successes are not possible without the research students’ creative work. Every new discovery and each innovation are the reasons we come to work every day. While the publications and grants are great, the students that we graduate are the most satisfying deliverables!

I plan to continue the good work that my predecessors have started. I hope that I may help each CESCA member reach their next goal during my time as director. With your support, I believe we can take CESCA to the next level. As such, I firmly believe the best days of CESCA are yet to come!

Dr. Haibo Zeng joins CESCA as a new Faculty member


Haibo Zeng Dr. Haibo Zeng

Update!  Dr. Haibo Zeng's bio page has been published.  

August 2014. Dr. Haibo Zeng joins CESCA in Fall 2014 as an assistant professor of Bradley Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering.  He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from University of California at Berkeley, and B.E. and M.E. in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.  He was a senior researcher at General Motors R&D until October 2011, and an assistant professor at McGill University, Canada until August 2014.  His research interests are embedded systems, cyber-physical systems, and real-time systems, with three best paper awards in the above fields.

Welcome to CESCA, Dr. Zeng !

Dr. Schaumont brought research and academic partnership with Intel®


Dr. Schaumont Dr. Patrick Schaumont

July 2014. CESCA Director Patrick Schaumont’s collaboration with Intel was recently featured in the Intel® Software Academic Program. Dr. Schaumont’s work on cryptographic engineering and computer security is being supported in part through an academic and research partnership with Intel. As an Intel® Academic partner, the ECE department has access to a broad portfolio of technical and academic support, such as Intel’s most-advanced technology for security engineering courses and research. Forums for intercollegiate collaboration are also available to researchers at the ECE department. Through the Intel® Academic Software Program, Dr. Schaumont has access to the most current software and hardware to teach, conduct his research, and access to collaborators from within Intel on the latest advancements in the field of cryptography and computer engineering.

Please check a 2-page brochure about the Intel® Software Academic Program with Virginia Tech for more information.

Securing a partnership between Intel® and the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech"


Dr. Jerry Park and Dr. Richard Benson Dr. Jung-Min "Jerry" Park and College of Engineering Dean Dr. Richard Benson

Dr. Jerry Park Received College of Engineering Faculty Fellow Award


May 2014. A CESCA faculty member and Associate Professor Jung-Min "Jerry" Park was named the College of Engineering Faculty Fellow. For additional information, please check the news announcement about the College of Engineering Dean's Awards for Excellence on the College of Engineering website.

Congratulations to Dr. Park !



Congratulations! 5 CESCA students graduate in Spring 2014

May 2014.  The following students have graduated in Spring 2014.

  • Arijit Chattopadhyay, M.S., "Dynamic Invariant Generation  for Concurrent Programs," Advisor: Chao Wang, Next move: Bloomberg L.P. (New York)
  • Markus Kusano, B.S. in Computer Engineering, Advisor: Chao Wang, Next move: Ph.D. program at Virginia Tech.
  • Deepak Mane, M.S., "Energy-harvested Lightweight Cryptosystems," Advisor: Patrick Schaumont, Next move: Intel (Hillsboro, OR)
  • Krishna Pabbuleti, M.S., "Performance Optimization of Public Key Cryptography on Embedded Platforms," Advisor: Patrick Schaumont, Next move: Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA)
  • Mostafa Taha, Ph.D., "Advances in the Side-Channel Analysis of Symmetric Cryptography," Advisor: Patrick Schaumont, Next move: Post doc at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA).

10 CESCA students will take summer internship

May 2014.  The following students will take an internship during Summer 2014.

  • Aydin Aysu, Qualcomm (San Diego, CA), Advisor: Patrick Schaumont.
  • Sudeep Bhattarai, AT&T Labs (San Ramon, CA), Advisor: Jerry Park
  • Dinesh Ganta, Intel (Hillsboro, OR), Advisor: Leyla Nazhandali.
  • Preethi Gopalakrishnan, Texas Instruments (CA), Advisor: Chao Wang.
  • Ahmed Ibrahim, Edge Networks (Reston, VA), Advisor: Lynn Abbott.
  • Seungmo "Mo" Kim, Broadcom (Matawan, NJ), Advisor: Jerry Park.
  • Markus Kusano, NEC Labs (Princeton, NJ), Advisor: Chao Wang.
  • Prateek Puri, Juniper Networks (Sunnyvale, CA), Advisor: Michael Hsiao.
  • Meeta Srivastav, Samsung Austin Research centre (SARC) (Austin, TX), Advisor: Leyla Nazhandali.
  • Moein Pahlavan Yali, National Instruments (Austin, TX), Advisor: Patrick Schaumont.

Team Envision receives Honorable Mention at Cornell Cup


Team Envision at Cornell Cup (from left): Dr. David Schneider from Cornell University, Team Envision (Adithya Venkatramanan, Pujita Raman, Rubasri Kalidas, Preethi Gopalakrishnan, Clint Solomon Mathialagan), Gabriela Gonzalez and Byron R Gillespie from Intel Embedded University Program.

May 2014. The Cornell Cup sponsored by Intel is a yearly competition organized by the Systems Engineering group at Cornell University.  This year 33 teams participated in the competition, including Team Envision from Virginia Tech.  Through a rigorous judging process, the top entries are selected.  This year, the first, second and third places went to teams from WPI, Portland State, and Penn State, respectively.  

Team Envision was recognized, along with 7 other teams, with honorable mention. Congratulations to all winning teams!

The Cornell Cup posted a video which highlights the event.  Team Envision appears right at the start. Video

The Interactive Vision Assistant (IVA) is a tool to support the visually impaired with enhanced sensing and proactive feedback. Developed by five ECE graduate students, IVA performs face recognition using built-in image processing. IVA can also provide auditive instructions, such as directions or weather information, and it can detect obstacles in a user's path.

Big Success on 5th Annual CESCA Day

April 2014. The fifth annual CESCA Day was held on April 19. This year, for the first time, CESCA Day was held at an off-campus location near the scenic marina of Claytor Lake State Park in Dublin, VA.

The day consisted of research presentations, poster sessions, and other events. The welcoming remarks were given by Dr. Patrick Schaumont and Dr. Luke Lester, the ECE Department Head. Dr. Lester emphasized the importance of research centers as a model for academic excellence in a fast-paced, complex research environment such as the one required for embedded systems.

The keynote address was provided by Professor Marilyn Wolf, the Rhesa "Ray" S. Farmer Distinguished Chair of Embedded Computing Systems and Professor in School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Wolf reviewed her work in Smart Camera’s and offered a long-term perspective on the evolution of embedded systems and embedded systems design. She highlighted design of cyber-physical systems as one of the major upcoming challenges in embedded systems design.

The students in CESCA presented their research results through poster and oral presentations (2-minute Elevator Talks, presentations with slides). More than 34 high-quality posters covered a broad range of areas. These covered applications such as software radio, remote canopy detection and wireless location privacy. In design methods, the posters discussed correctness and verification of concurrent software, complex hardware IP’s and compliance of design specifications. In design and technologies, the posters reviewed hardware security and cryptographic engineering applications, low power design, and low-cost design.

During lunch, Dr. Nazhandali presented a thoughtful perspective on research success and happiness, and illustrated the key points of her talk by curating sections of several TED talks.

As one of the high points of CESCA Day, CESCA Awards were given to several graduate students. Dr. Park served as Award Chair and voting referee. CESCA faculty recognized those students’ academic excellence in three categories.

CESCA Outstanding Student Award (2 awards): Sarvesh Prabhu (Advisor: Hsiao) and Bo Gao (Advisors: Park and Yang)
Each for having five or more first-authored, peer-reviewed conference or journal papers published by CESCA Day 2014

CESCA Best Presentation Award: Nahid Farhady Ghalaty (Advisor: Schaumont)
for the presentation “Differential Fault Intensity Analysis Analyzing and Eliminating the Causes of Fault Sensitivity Analysis”

CESCA Best Poster Award: Aydin Aysu (Advisor: Schaumont)
for the poster “Design Dimensions for Secure Embedded Systems”

Please go to the CESCA Awards page for more information about the award criteria and qualifications.

Congratulations to Sarvesh, Bo, Nahid, and Aydin!

New Research Video about Embedded Systems Design is posted


Deepak Mane & Krishna Pabbuleti Deepak Mane (left) and Krishna Pabbuleti (right)

March 2014. A new research video “Energy Harvested Secured Wireless Sensor Node” has been posted on the CESCA Project Videos page. Graduate students Deepak Mane and Krishna Pabbuleti and CESCA Director Patrick Schaumont at Secure Embedded Systems lab designed and developed a prototype for an autonomous, self-powered wireless sensor node, which can harvest energy from ambient sources.

The sensor node consists of an MSP430, a low-power 8-bit microcontroller from TI which runs the signature algorithms and a 2.4GHz RF transceiver for communicating with the central server. The system harvests its energy from a solar panel and stores it in a super-capacitor. Energy harvesting and system power supply are managed by a custom-built IC from Anagear. Energy measurement infrastructure is also integrated in the system which can be used to measure the amount of energy consumed for computation and communication for different algorithms.

Please check the upcoming CESCA Newsletter for more details about their research and experiment setup.

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